Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever AfterTitle: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Publisher: Dutton
Date: August 14, 2014
Pages: 339
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.


There has been so much anticipation and hype around Isla and the Happily Ever After.While I read it very quickly and enjoyed Stephanie Perkins ability to tell a good story, I just didn’t love this one as much as everyone else did.

Before you get confused by my 4-star rating, I’ll start off with what I liked about it: the writing was well done, the pacing was good, the characters felt very natural, and it was very romantic at times (in a genuine, loving way — not a sexual way). I read most of this book in about a day, and didn’t feel like it was dragging at any point in the story.

Moving on to the factors that deducted from the star rating. I just did not like Isla and Josh together. I felt that their relationship was not a healthy one and that they really didn’t bring out the best in each other. I also disliked the Lola, Cricket, Anna, and St. Claire Cameos. For more details on exactly why these didn’t work for me, check out my spoiler-filled book talk (or watch it below) .

I can’t deny the appeal of Stephanie Perkins books. She sweeps you up in these whirlwind romance, and by and large, you genuinely believe in the couple’s love. However, there is always something that really detracts from the story for me. In this one, I just didn’t think the characters were a good match for each other. Still a great, fun, fast read, but I don’t think it’s quite as good as it’s often made out to be.

Already read Isla and want to talk about it? Check out my spoiler-filled book talk below!

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French KissTitle: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Publisher: Dutton
Date: December 2, 2010
Pages: 372
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?


I loved Anna and the French Kiss—it’s one of those books that just sucks you in and does not let you go. The story was great and the writing was even better, but while the rest of the world seems to love St. Clair, I have to say I am not really fan. Why? Because I think he is a jerk. He led Anna on the entire time, even though he had a girlfriend. He continued to inappropriately carry on with Anna when he should have broken up with Ellie—not cool.

Now even though Anna and the French Kiss was great—I have a major complaint about St. Clair’s behavior. Which brings me to my first list…

 

You Know you should break up with your girlfriend when:

  1. You drunkenly declare your feelings to the girl you like—and said girl is not your girlfriend
  2. You SLEEP IN THE SAM BED as not your girlfriend!!!
  3. You spend more time with not your girlfriend than your girlfriend
  4. You feel like complete crap for months because your Mom has cancer, and the one person who manages to make you feel better is a girl—and she is not your girlfriend
  5. You spend your entire Christmas vacation with your sick mother and texting, emailing, and calling not your girlfriend. Incessantly.
  6. You buy a book of love poetry for not your girlfriend
  7. You get drunk at a club and spend all night suggestively dancing with not your girlfriend
  8. You spend most of your time thinking about and wanting to spend time with not your girlfriend
  9. You “accidently” brush up against not your girlfriend in the movie theater and make sure you continue to touch her the entire time
  10. You spend all your time showing not your girlfriend around Paris and going on fake dates and dealing with awkward moments almost kissing, but you don’t because—oh, yea—you already have a girlfriend

 

I loved Anna and the French Kiss because:

  1. Anna is hysterical
  2. St. Clair and the rest of their friends are hysterical
  3. Anna and St. Clair are cute together and I love all the witty banter
  4. Paris! I have been to Paris and after reading Anna and the French Kiss, I know I have to go back because I missed some pretty awesome stuff (the wishing star!)
  5. Again—I really did love Anna and St. Clair together because even though St. Clair is not my favorite person, they are pretty cute together

Witty, cute, and romantic, readers will devour Anna and the French Kiss in no time. The magical setting, wonderful cast of characters, and romance combine to create one unforgettable story.

 

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